Resolutions for 1997|
These folks have bared their deepest hopes and dreams for 1997. We'll check back later and see how they've done.
I resolve to finish writing that children's book that I kept putting off, and I am going to start on it first thing tomorrow. I also resolve to learn to like Chihuahuas, because all dogs deserve love, even those that look like hairless, bulging-eyed rats.
Tara Coulter, Douglasville, Georgia
This year I vow to be more organized in all facets of my life . . . including tuning into PHC at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, rather than realizing halfway through Sunday that I missed it again.
Susan, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
May I have the blessings of many a guided stroke to my touch as I venture into the world of massage.
May those I encounter enjoy their massage.
May I learn to stay forever young at heart.
Renee Hankins, Trotwood, Ohio
Dear Mister Keillor,
I really, really really want to make a resolution this New Years so I can tell you about it, but I have
a small problem.
See, it all started last Easter or so.
I gave up resolutions for Lent.
Marc Frucht, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
PS. great web page
1. Make peace with the Past.
2. Live in the Present
3. Ignore the future
Richard Wall, Tennessee
My New Year's Resolution is to resolve to be more resolute concerning my resolutions. Maybe.
Andrew Mathews, Burlington, Vermont
To gain 21 pounds and grow five inches by spring so I'll be taller than Sarah for our pas de deux in the spring recital
and to learn to juggle
James Olive (age 12.75 years), Nashville, Tennessee
To buy as many good hard cover books as possible, especially from the great little shop still in there standing tall against the big boys whose names being with "B."
I, Michael Rodriguez, of the Village of Irving, Texas, do hereby resolve to
listen closer to my dreams and the whispers of my friend(s). I also resolve to have the good sense to hide the bodies when they piss me off.
A single resolution, one word: FLOSS!
Susan Roberts, DeKalb, Illinois
The world is a great place to live, (but could be better)
Be it hereby resolved that:
I, Debbie Evans, will help make it better by eating all my vegetables.
I resolve to get every last one of my Christmas cards mailed by Valentine's Day!
Jackie in Minneapolis
We do resolve to maintain the rigorous requirements of a physical
fitness routine, in that we will actually "run" out for cigarettes.
Brian and Joan
I resolve to tell my 6 year old "I love you" each time we part.
January 2, 1998
Dearest friends -
I am proud to say that I managed to say "I love you" at least once each
day (and every time we parted) to my (now) 7 year old son, Grey, during
the past year.
In fact, it became our game for the last month: "Dad!! Wait!! Have you
said you love me today?!"
"Well, perhaps not in the last five minutes - but I do love you. Now go
to sleep for goodness sake!"
In fact, just this morning we discussed what our resolutions for the
next year should be. We have decided together to say "I love you" to at
least one other person (besides ourselves) each day. He quickly
calculated that that meant 730 more "I love you's" would be distributed
throughout the year.
Your request for resolutions was a great way for me to express my
undying love for my son - and for us to reflect on the need for more
love to be given to more people.
With best wishes for the New Year -
Walter Reeves (WFR96)
I resolve to listen, listen, and listen some more, until I find the humor in "Car Talk."
Jeff Sawyer, Erving, MA
My resolution is as follows: clean all the junk out of the house, all
the clutter out of all the corners of my life, and to stick to my
resolution for once!
To convince Garrison Keillor, the world's tallest comedian and purveyor of
things Wobegonian, to come back to Southern California and perform in a
venue truly worthy of his talents, like the Forum or something. He could probably get a bigger audience than Neil Diamond....
I resolve to be civil to my elders (if I can find any).
Janice Jacobson, Culver City, CA
I re solve to learn how to
type quik er next year.
Manuel A. Sanchez, Torrance, California
For the year 1997, I resolve to resolve the nagging loose ends in my
Karen Jones, Honolulu, HI
This year I resolve to get help for my
condition, you slimy slithering slug!
Apparently, I have a problem lashing
out at the world, you pathetic
putrid pipsqueaky pimplebrain! My
wife tried to put up with me, and I
really and truly hope she is happy
with her new husband, that miserable
musclehead from Maryland!
Personally, I don't see it. I'm a nice
guy! I don't have anything but nice
things to say about everyone I meet.
In fact, the last time I saw my
therapist, that sniveling snow-blowing
Sinunu-supporting snake, he told me
that I am a genuinely caring human
being. Apparently, I am so passive-
aggressive that I don't even realize
I am hurting people! Go figure!
Anyway, hats off to you and the
cast of A Prairie Home Companion,
those lousy lawless liberals who
love to louse up the lives of us loving
law-abiding laymen with stories of lewd
and lascivious lamenting losers who
like to use loud ludicrous alliterations.
You're all doing a bang-up job!
Carl Franklin, Ledyard, CT...
...where the quiet country farms
have been replaced with huge
Pequot and Mohegan Indian
God help me ;-)
I think that this year I'll try to be less critical and demanding of
folks...starting, conveniently, with myself.
Steve Averett, English major - University of Georgia, Athens, GA
I've made several resolutions that I have a great chance of succeeding
with. They are to increase my cholesterol level, start drinking
moderately, indulge in sugar, and lose money in the stock market.
Nah.... just kidding.
When we are charitable in our daily lives, are we not, either in the
smallest or the largest of ways, expecting some kind of gratification
from our charitableness? I had always hoped that I was not in that
category; however, I realize that I could have been more charitable if
I didn't expect anything for it.
This year, I hope to give of myself, in every capacity, without the
expectation of RETURN. Because, when I am charitable, I want it to be
the genuine kind.
Cynthia Towle, Oregon City, OR
This is the year I'm finally going to put my foot down. No kidding. I
really mean it this time.
C. M. Duncan, Cambria, CA
My resolution is to keep on bothering APHC until I know how and where I
can order a copy of "The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra", and a
copy of the Lake Wobegon's Christmas story that explained how we got
lights in the Christmas tree. The latter indicated that Luther bumped
his head while wandering around amid a stand of Christmas trees.
A listener in Ontario, Canada, would be very grateful. Happy New year!
For 1997 I will remember that the prune kolachkys are not a good idea
after indulging in mass quantities of lutefisk and lefse!
(the outcome was extremely undesirable)
Bruce Woytassek, Wahpeton, Nort Dakotah
1 .. to walk for 30 minutes 4-5 times a week as I am too lazy and cheap to
join a "health club" that consists mostly of beautiful 20-something females
(me being Renoir-style beautiful, wise and 42).
2 .. to be 5 minutes early for everything instead of my usual 7-10 mins.
3 .. to refrain from saying "yes, but" while engaged in conversation with
ANYONE, especially the darling children.
4 .. to try and listen to PHC in one sitting instead of half the first day
and the other half on the re-broadcast day and then learn how to use the
cassette recorder so I can tape some of my favorites!
Most Sincerely, Happy New Year
Linda in Spokane
P.S. Please consider bringing PHC to the Pacific Northwest again soon; I
have missed the previous shows. I can't tell how much "the show" means to
I resolve to read more books, write more letters and give more
compliments. (By the way, I love your show.)
Leitha Matz, Minneapolis, Minnesota
This year I resolve to not take myself so seriously and maybe even try to
poke gentle fun at myself, just like Garrison does on the show...
Kim, Champaign, Illinois
I resolve not to break any bones in 1997. I also resolve not to grow more
seedlings than I could possibly plant in one summer.
Happy New Year.
Ann Roberti, Andes, New York
I am one of those Lutheran clergymen you used to talk about and my New
Year's Resolution is to bring my Grandfather Wally to see you in person in
St. Paul. He wants to see you so bad...and he's in his 80's!
Thanks for the Saturday Night entertainment...settles my nerves while
learning my sermon for Sunday!
Rev. Knippel, Rice Lake, Wisconsin
I resolve to stay warm in the winter, stay cool in the summer, but most of
all, to keep breathing!
Molly, St. Paul, Minnesota
I resolve never again to make another resolution. I don't keep them; I can't remember them;
and whatever I vow to do differently, better, more of or less of, I do the same anyhow.
IN 1997, I RESOLVE TO BE TAKE LIFE ON
LIKE A BULL WHO HAS SEEN HIS FIRST RED CAPE.
TOM FITZGERALD, HOWELL, NJ
1) Say 'Yes, Dear.' to my husband more often, even when I don't mean
it. It'll give me perhaps ten more hours of argument-free time per
2) Whittle last year's resolution to build a bookcase down to build
book-ends and this time do it!
3) Shout NO! and run screaming from anyone who tries to tell me where I
can get a 'car that needs a little work' for one of my teenagers. The
thousands of dollars I save will help with insurance costs and duct tape
for the cars we own that are drivable.
Wish me luck.
Happy New Year,
I resolve to stop taping movies I'll never have time to watch and watch the
ones I've already wasted precious time and resources by taping. I am
drowning in amusements and yet I am not amused. Must be the government's
Lisa Holm, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I am going to shed 100lbs. (from 280 to 180) even if it kills me (and if
I don't lose it, the weight will kill me).
Joe McLaughlin, Lynbrook, New York
My name is Aaron Keller of Gales Ferry, Connecticut. I hereby resolve to
listen to A Prairie Home Companion until my name is mentioned.
I also resolve to spend less time in front of the computer screen where I
Dear Mr. Keillor
My New Year's Resolution is get off my duff and get myself into a
semblance of physical fitness. Of course this idea ought to last only until
the second or third sit-up.
Roger Flores, Yakima, Washington
New years resolution is to work more in '97 to pay for this whiz-bang
Say Hi! to Father Tom and Mathe Damrosch,